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HIPAA Q&A: BA contracts

Q. What additional language do BA contracts need to satisfy requirements of the HITECH Act, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

A. BA contracts require amendments that address the following:

Editor’s note: Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR, answered this question. Apgar has more than 17 years of experience in information technology and specializes in security compliance, assessments, training, and strategic planning. He is a board member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and chair of the Oregon and Southwest Washington Healthcare, Privacy, and Security Forum.